Price: Reasonable

Mashawi Moroccan & Middle Eastern - Mixed Grill

Mashawi Moroccan & Middle Eastern – 13 Oct 2016

Mashawi offers a range of dishes representing Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine. With an inviting atmosphere, friendly service and delicious, flavoursome, well balanced cuisine, I really enjoyed my experience here. The mixed tapas presents a range of items to share. I liked the filo encased cheese and spinach cigars, the fried kibbeh is tasty and well balanced, not too salty, I loved the falafel which is spiced but subtle and not too intense with a lovely crunch, and the sambousek is kind of like a curry puff with a delicious filling. All enjoyed with some tasty dips. For mains, I really enjoyed the chicken, olive and potato tagine as well as the seafood tagine. Generous serving, tasty, flavoursome and moist tender proteins cooked perfectly served with loose moorish cous cous. I also liked the mixed grill which presented a range of skewered meats perfectly cooked, moist, tender and flavoursome with a delicious rice pilaf and refreshing salad. The sausages were also interesting and unique. I couldn’t help myself in obtaining a selection of baked sweets on the way out and really enjoyed them, particularly, the baklava.

Society Bar & Kitchen - Confit Duck in Brik Pastry

Society Bar & Kitchen – 23 Sep 2016

Had lunch across the road at Society Bar & Kitchen, inside the Mantra on Murray Hotel. They have a standard menu but also offer an express lunch option of 2 courses for $19, with lots to choose from under each course. I chose the confit duck in brik pastry for entree and the cajun shrimp tortilla for mains. I really loved the confit duck which was absolutely amazing! Such delicious succulent tender and well flavour duck encased by a delicious crunchy pastry. I relished each bite. We were told the tortilla is filling and it certainly was a generous serve. I like the light crunch from the tortilla and pretty tasty filling. I didn’t care too much for the shrimp though. The tortilla wasn’t too bad but no match for the duck. Several people at the table chose the steak sandwich and by all reports it was really tasty and enjoyed by all. If you’re after a quick and relatively cheap meal which is still tasty, has good service, and is quiet and relaxing, stopping by here isn’t a bad choice.

Mack Daddy's New York Slice - Big Tony Pepperoni and Buffalo Chicken1

Mack Daddy’s New York Slice – 13 Sep 2016

Great to see an American style pizza joint open up on the popular Beaufort Street strip of eateries. They serve a range of 16″ and 22″ pizzas and also offer the option of half n half which I gladly took up. I placed a takeaway order and picked up a 16″ Big Tony’s Pepperoni pizza on one half and Buffalo Chicken on the other half. I also got a serve of the New York style cheesecake. The pizza is large and a few legs bolted on to the huge pizza box, and I’d have a mini table! Granted it was takeaway and not eaten at it’s optimum, I thought the pepperoni pizza fell a bit short. The pizza has a lovely thin base that holds it’s shape (it’s not floppy) and has a crunchy crust. The pepperoni is tasty with a lovely sprinkling of herbs to add additional flavour, though I found it a bit flat. If cheese is overcooked it becomes chewy and not the kind of chewy with stringy gooey mozzarella. On the other hand, the buffalo chicken is moist and intense. The blue cheese is the first flavour to smack you in the face, though the spiciness comes through as well. The different combination of cheeses create a moistness and soft cheesiness and makes it a really enjoyable pizza. Unfortunately the cheesecake didn’t have it’s seatbelt on and hit the floor, hence the crack in the cheesecake. Pouring the raspberry coulis all over and launching into it, I was pleasantly surprised. The baked New York style cheesecake is a classic and this was so delicious. I loved the creamy but not too rich flavour of the cheesecake and that raspberry coulis helps to balance out the richness. I like the biscuit crumb base. Yum! Very happy. A good pizza offering but needs a little more of a pep in flavour.

Jamie's Italian - Gennaro's Famous Porchetta

Jamie’s Italian – 1 Sep 2016

I haven’t visited Jamie’s for a few year’s now since it first opened. We had lunch here with clients and I notice they have a Super Lunch offer of 2 courses for $25 or 3 courses for $30 which looked tempting. We started with garlic bread which presented a lovely soft bread filled with a delicious herbed garlic butter and garlic chips. I ordered Gennaro’s Famous Porchetta. The pork belly was very tender, though the crackling was a little tricky to cut through. The pork belly was soft and tasty and went well with the salsa verde and herbed garlic and chilli mixture. However, the apple sauce, while nice, dominated the pork and vegetables, to the point I left the sauce to the side. The meal was okay, not to the standard I had enjoyed on my first visits. The flavour balance is a bit off. I don’t think Jamie Oliver would be happy with the dish.

Fresh Made Japanese Cafe - Karaage Chicken Bento Box

Freshmade (FM) Japanese Cafe – 24 Aug 2016

What a generous serving! There’s plenty of food on offer and lots of variety which appealed to me the most. I’m a real fan of karaage chicken so was glad to see this as an option under the bento box section. This version was different to those I’ve eaten previously with a slightly different batter. It’s light and crunchy and doesn’t go soggy at all. The batter is lovely and encases tender succulent chicken with a rich mayo. Karaage chicken normally is crumbed which I prefer but this was still tasty. I also loved the other elements in the bento box. The fish cake was so delicious, light, soft super tender fish encased in a golden crumb. The tempura prawn was also excellent, a perfect light crunchy batter encasing well cooked prawn. Then there’s the octopus balls (takoyaki) which has soft tender octopus surrounded by a light gooey pancakey mixture with a lovely golden brown outer. These were rich, creamy and very enjoyable, especially with the sweetish BBQ sauce. The miso soup was warm and soothing, the salad certainly helped to take the edge of the rich and deep fried elements and was particularly refreshing. The rice with sesame seeds was lovely and I like the pickled ginger to aid digestion. The sugar snap peas were a bit unusual though, very stringy and chewy apart from the peas inside. Really stuffed, glad I’ve got a bit of a walk back to the office which is much needed. Satisfied.

Decanter - Crispy Pork Belly Bites

Decanter – 18 Aug 2016

Decanter are an American tapas style restaurant and bar not far from Centro Vic Park. We started off with the jalapeno poppers which are large, croquette like, crispy outer shell encasing cheddar cheese and slightly hot jalapeno chilli which is really delicious and supplemented with sour cream to take the edge off. For something milder, the tequila prawns and soft and juicy, enjoyed with a dash of lime juice and the salad. A lovely dish but could have had more flavour. The crispy chicken waffles deliver on the flavour stakes. The crunchy crispy chicken bites are delicious, particularly with the sticky whiskey maple syrup. However, the dish was let down by the thick doughy waffles which should be light and crispy. The crispy pork belly bites have a lovely crispy crackling, soft well cooked meat with the fat rendered down perfectly. The pork belly is excellent, more so with the awesome honey glaze and tasty relish. Lastly, we had pork ribs which present a large quantity of slow cooked tender meat just falling off the bone, immersed in a delicious sweet and slightly sour marinade which adds heaps of flavour and will leave you licking your fingers. Heaps of food and a very enjoyable night out seated in a lovely interior with friendly service to boot.

RoyAl's Chicken & Burgers - Chicken RoyAl Burger

RoyAl’s Chicken & Burgers – 12 Aug 2016

RoyAl’s Chicken & Burgers is a casual dining American styled eatery serving burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, tater tots, mac & cheese, and shakes among American classics on their menu. Not gourmet, but not greasy fast food, this is something in between. Good honest food that will satisfy. I got the chicken RoyAl burger which had a lovely shiny gloss on the top of the bun. Biting in, there’s an actual chunk of perfectly moist chicken thigh covered in a crispy crunchy coating. The fancy sauce does the trick in livening up the lettuce and tomato, making the combination of ingredients in each bite one to enjoy. I also got a side of tater tots which I’ve never eaten before. They’re like nugget sized hash browns, nice and crunchy on the outside, soft potato on the inside. A nice accompaniment to my burger. I was eyeing desserts but the pecan pie is no longer so I went with the cronut filled with chocolate custard, ice cream atop and cherry ripe. Decadent, indulgent, naughty, and so bad, yet so good. Yes, this dessert has it all. The rich buttery croissant with salty explosions and the doughnut feel combines perfectly with the ingredients to work together in creating a tasty morsel with each bite. So yum, so full with a friendly bunch of guys to make the visit one to enjoy.

Grill And Chill Indian - Desi Chicken Curry

Grill & Chill Indian – 22 Jul 2016

I’ve eaten here several times and I really enjoy the different creations on offer. The hare bhara kebab is a vegetable cutlet that is crunchy on the outside but has a soft interior full of flavour with mild spices. These were really delicious and a great way to kick off the meal. Then it was on to the three curries ordered. The desi chicken evokes lovely deep red colours with tender succulent chicken immersed in a delicious curry. I really liked this curry and it goes very well with rice or naan. The fish korma presented tender fish covered in a thick rich creamy curry that is simply yum. The malai kofta is also immersed in a similar rich creamy curry but has a slightly different flavour. The malai koftas are cottage cheese and potato dumpling mixture full of flavour, more so with the creamy curry. I had a spinach and cheese naan which is soft and tasty, excellent for mopping up the different curries. Way to full for dessert but I had a taste of the other desserts ordered at the table which were kulfi, an Indian ice cream, which had lovely flavours of cardamom and pistachio. I’ve eaten at several Indian restaurants and this is by far the best Indian restaurant in Perth. The flavours are excellent, the dishes authentic, and the quality of ingredients, some of which are made on the premises, shows in the dishes.

Angel Falls Grill - Empanada Degustation

Angel Falls Grill – 20 Jul 2016

On a cold winter’s day I was happy to head into the warm inviting atmosphere of Angel Falls Grill for breakfast. I started with a drink of papelon, which is like a lemonade, made with organic sugar. It’s really refreshing, not at all acidic or sweet, and tasty. For breakfast, I chose the empanada degustation which presents 4 mini empanadas filled with a different fillings (or you can have them filled with one filling). Empanadas are made out of corn, a pastry pocket of sorts, holding a variety of fillings, then deep fried. The pastry is light and the first empanada of shredded beef is very tender and tasty. I particularly liked the shredded chicken and bacon filling which was very flavoursome and delicious. The third empanada was much more milder, tender shredded beef and black beans presenting a mild hearty filling. For lovers of cheese like me, the fourth empanada has gooey cheese oozing out and is delightful. The empanadas also come with a choice of sauce so I got the Venezulean chilli kick sauce to dip the empanadas in. Maybe too much of a chilli kick first thing in the morning! Though really delicious. I was certainly sipping on the papelon and water to cool the buzz of the chilli. A different type of breakfast to start the day but I was more than satisfied.

Angel Falls Grill - AFG Parilla

Angel Falls Grill – 15 Jul 2016

Being the first Venezuelan restaurant in Perth, the menu brings items not seen before at other restaurants. I thought I’d give the grilled meats a go as ‘grill’ is in the restaurant name. The AFG Parrilla presents lots of variety which most apealled to me so this was an easy choice and gives me a good idea of the type of food served and their execution. The Venezuelan version of chorizo doesn’t have the same paprika intensity as the Spanish variety, though this sausage happened to be a tad over salted. Despite that, the flavour is good and the chorizo is nicely cooked. I love the flavour the grill has imparted on the tender rump cap and porterhouse steaks. I was asked how I wanted my meat cooked and they delivered with two tender medium rare slices that were delicious and seasoned well. I thought the meat needed a sauce so the guasacaca, an avocado based sauce akin to guacamole, is a good match which brings moistness and freshness, though is a little unusual when paired with meat. However, it pairs exceptionally well with the grilled chicken making each bite that much better. One does have the option of ordering different salsas from the menu so the Venezuelan chilli kick would be my choice. Other Latin American cuisines have chimmi churri though I’m not sure if this is made in Venezuela too. The congri (rice, bacon and black bean mix) is very wintery. The soft rice grains with the soft black beans add lots of body to a dish dominated by meat. There’s only three yuca chips but it’s more than enough as each one is quite filling. I like the crunchy outer and soft, slightly starchy, yuca filling. They’re a bit like potato chips but different. I think yuca chips are really good though. I walked in hungry but left very full and satisfied. The interior is rustic and relaxed and the service very warm and friendly. I’m keen to try the other menu items so will be back to eat more Venezuelan cuisine.